Ore. lawmakers compromise on new district maps
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Republicans and Democrats in the Oregon Legislature say they've reached a compromise on new boundaries for legislative districts.
Lawmakers announced their agreement in a state Capitol news conference on Tuesday. They touted the plan as a groundbreaking bipartisan agreement on an intensely political process. The Legislature has been unable to successfully draw new boundaries for decades, sending the task instead to the secretary of state.
The new maps of state House and Senate districts line up closely with the existing maps. Some Republicans have complained that the existing boundaries disadvantage them, but Democrats dispute that contention.
The legislative redistricting committees will hold a public hearing on the maps, followed by votes in the House and Senate.
Lawmakers could not reach an agreement on new boundaries for congressional districts.